OCTOBER 10TH, 2019




You are invited to join us Thursday, October 10th, 2019 from 8am-7pm for full-day conference + happy hour event at the RTP Conference Center.

Startup Summit is an interactive, exciting, fun, and educational conference featuring leading keynote speakers, panels, break-out sessions and master classes from top entrepreneurs, innovators, and executives. Plus enjoy some good eats, drinks, and networking throughout the day plus live music and games during happy hour!

The conference provides you with a great opportunity to meet successful people in business and enjoy crash courses taught by experts on important topics you face throughout your startup journey.

During our breaks, lunch, and happy hour, we will have an area called the Consulting Corner. We have assembled a team of experts in various areas including sales, hiring, marketing, business intelligence, funding, etc… to offer one on one advice to answer your most pressing business challenges. Also, new addition will be “Investor Office Hours” featuring some of the best investors and angels from the Raleigh-Durham region including IDEA Fund Partners with Lister DelgadoBull City Venture Partners with Jason Caplain and Cofounders Capital with David Gardner & Timothy McLoughlinTriangle Angel Partners with Stephen Clossick, RTP Capital with Ellie Bolle and Mark Friedman, IMAF-RTP with Bill Warner, Wolfpack Investor Network with Brett Danforth, and Carolina Angel Network with Randy Myer & Chelsea Eshraghi. Plus more to be announced soon. This is a great way for entrepreneurs/startups to get advice and potential new investment opportunities.

Startup Summit educates, inspires, and connects thousands of founders from all over the region. In addition, nurtures the local startup ecosystems through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Oracle for Startups. Come to learn and apply key insights you need to be successful, have fun, meet great people, and join the community! Check out quick video highlight of our last conference:


We have over 20+ speakers, master classes, and dedicated networking where you can get your questions answered by experts on many different topics.

8:00-9:00 am: Registration and Coffee & Treats Thanks To Gabi’s Grounds Coffee Shop

9:00-9:10 am: Startup Summit Founders Welcome Message

9:10-9:50 am: Opening Keynote– Bob Young (Founder of Red Hat, Lulu Press, Needle Point, Precision Hawk):  Funding your Business through you Early Customers.

10:00-10:40 am: Investment Panel: How to best raise funds for your startup & learn best practices to winning investors:  moderated and lead by David Gardner  (Managing Director CoFonders Capital): Panel Speakers like Elaine Bolle from RTP Capital, Lister from Idea Fund Partners, and others announced soon.

10:50-11:20 am:  Coffee Break

11:30 am-12:10 pm: Breakout Sessions

Mental Health and Startup Success: Session led by Nicole Kaufman (CEO of High-Performance Counseling)

-Learn Best Practices On Hiring Top Talent & Landing The Right Job: Session led by Craig Stone (CEO of HireNetworks) and Will Barfield  (CEO of Barfield Consulting)

12:10- 1:10 pm: Lunch

1:15- 1:55 pm: Breakout Sessions

Sales Success: Session led by Larry Long Jr. (Director of Collegiate Sales at Teamworks)

A guide to Early Liquidity: Session led by Tobias Walter (Founder of Shoeboxed) and Paolo Divincenzo (Managing Partner at Basis State)

2:00-2:15 pm: Mini Break

2:20-3:00 pm: Keynote: Mikki Paradis (Founder and CEO of  PDI Drywall Inc.)

3:05-3:45 pm: Panel- Diversity: Beyond The Obvious  Moderated and lead by Donald Thompson (CEO of WalkWest): Teri HarrelMelanie SandersJohn Samuel, Kendrall Felder

3:45-4:00 pm: Mini Break

4:00-4:40 pm: Closing Talk: Todd and Scot’s 13 Tips for Scaling a B2B or B2C Business.Todd Olson (Founder and CEO of Pendo) and Scot Wingo (Founder and CEO of Spiffy): Talk in development

4:45-5:00 pm: Prize giveaway with Startup Summit T-Shirts & Purebuds Earphones

5:00-7:30 pm: Happy Hour featuring LoneRider Beer & Big Als BBQ plus live music starring Kerry Long & Q and games!


In addition to an awesome agenda of the best speakers, your ticket includes breakfast, lunch, and happy hour! Plus, network with some of the premier startups in the area including; FourScore Law, TriNet, Phononic, Pendo, Bandwidth, and many more.



Oracle Startup Ecosystem


Successive Technologies 

Purebuds Earphones

RTP Foundation 


Creative Allies 

Investment Partners:

Bull City Venture Partners 

IDEA Fund Partners

CoFounders Capital 

Hatteras Venture Partners 

Wolfpack Investor Network 

RTP Capital 

Triangle Angel Partners 


Consulting Corner Partners:

Clark LawBusiness Law

Stratus Business SolutionsCloud First Technology Advisor

Dogwood Law:  Patent Law

Penguin Strategies:   B2B Digital Marketing Experts


Who's Speaking?

Bob Young

Bob Young

Serial Entrepreneur (Red Hat, Lulu, Precision Hawk, Needle Point)

Todd Olson

Todd Olson

Founder/CEO of Pendo



CEO of Walk West

Scot Wingo

Scot Wingo

CEO of Spiffy

Mikki Paradis

Mikki Paradis

CEO of PDI Drywall

Larry Long Jr.

Larry Long Jr.

Director of Collegiate Sales of Teamworks



Managing Partner of CoFounders Capital

Nicole Kaufman

Nicole Kaufman

Founder of High Performance Counseling

Will Barfield

Will Barfield

Founder and CEO of Barfield Revenue and Consulting

Craig Stone

Craig Stone

Founder and CEO of Hire Networks

Paolo DiVincenzo

Paolo DiVincenzo

Managing Partner of Basis State

Tobias Walter

Tobias Walter

CEO of ShoeBoxed

Kendrall Felder

Kendrall Felder

Chief of Staff - Enterprise IT Security, Cisco

John Samuel

John Samuel

Head of LCI Tech

Melanie Sanders

Melanie Sanders

Director of Video Production, Professional Development at Walk West

Teri Harrel

Teri Harrel

Senior Manager of People, North America at Red Hat

Felicia Smallwood

Felicia Smallwood

Enterprise Account Executive at Plurlsight

10OCT, 2019
1Registration and Refreshments8:00 amRTP Conference Center
2Opening Remarks MARK BAVISOTTO 9:00 amRTP Conference Center
3Keynote: How to use your Early Customers to Fund your Business Bob Young 9:10 amRTP Conference Center
4Panel: How to Best Raise Funds for your startup & learn Best Practices to Winning InvestorsDAVID GARDNER 10:00 amRTP Conference Center
5Break: Investor and Consulting Corner 10:50 amRTP Conference Center
6Breakout Session: Mental Health and Startup SuccessNicole Kaufman 11:30 amRTP Conference Center
7Breakout Session: Learn Best Practices On Hiring Top Talent & Landing The Right JobCraig Stone , Will Barfield 11:30 amRTP Conference Center
8Lunch and Networking12:10RTP Conference Center
9Breakout Session: Sales Success in the High Paced Startup WorldLarry Long Jr. 1:15 pmRTP Conference Center
10Breakout Session: A guide to Early LiquidityTobias Walter , Paolo DiVincenzo 1:15 pmRTP Conference Center
11Break: Investor and Consulting Corner 2:00 pmRTP Conference Center
12Keynote: How a Female can find Startup Success in a Male Dominated WorldMikki Paradis 2:20 pmRTP Conference Center
13PANEL: Diversity: Beyond The ObviousMelanie Sanders , John Samuel , Kendrall Felder , DONALD THOMPSON 3:05 pm RTP Conference Center
14Break: Investor and Consulting Corner 3:45 pm RTP Conference Center
15 Todd and Scot's 13 Tips for Scaling a B2B or B2C BusinessScot Wingo , Todd Olson 4:00 pm RTP Conference Center
16Closing Thoughts and Giveaways4:45 pmRTP Conference Center
17Happy hour featuring live music starring Kerry Long & Q and games!5:00 pmRTP Conference Center

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